Newspaper extracts for St Asaph


There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
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  • From the Evening Express (Pink Edition) 11th August 1893

ST. ASAPH GRAVEYARD SCANDAL. Disgraceful State of Affairs. In consequence of the many complaints made by residents of St. Asaph as to the condition of the St. Asaph Cemetery, on Wednesday Dr. Hoffmann, one of her Majesty's inspectors of graveyards, met a number of the parishioners of the parish at the St. Asaph Cemetery. Dr. Hoffmann proceeded to make a minute inspection of the cemetery, and found that the allegations made were proved. It is admitted that there were several coffins within two feet of the surface, and that the sexton, before he could go the regulation depth had frequently to scoop out the water prior to the interment, and whilst the relatives were in church.—In the course of a discussion which afterwards took place in the cemetery buildings, Mr. Walter Williams suggested that, in view of the great expense which would be incurred in putting the cemetery into proper order, it was extremely desirable to consider whether it would be prudent or not to acquire other land some distance off to make a new cemetery and then close the present one.- This proposal met with general approval, but was objected to by the Rev. Mr. Williams, who remarked that if that were done all the Nonconformists would go to the new burial ground, and that no one but Churchmen would remain in the old one, and, as they were not at variance with the living, he did not wish them to be so when dead. —Mr. A. Lloyd asked the inspector whether the authorities would not give preference to the considerations of health rather than to the expression of an uncertain sentiment.—The Inspector ; Most certainly.—The Inspector said he was quite satisfied that the graveyard would have to go under official regulations. He would make an early appointment with the medical officer of health for the district, and also make a further inspection before sending in his report

  • From the  Flintshire Observer Mining Journal and General Advertiser…21st March 1879

 ST. ASAPH. THE COCOA ROOMS.- Very nice and convenient cocoa and reading rooms have been opened in High- street, just opposite the Mostyn Hotel, by the Misses Hughes, of the Palace.

  •  From the Flintshire Observer Mining Journal and General Advertiser… 13th May 1881

ST. ASAPH. THE CENSUS.—The census return of the St. Asaph Union shows the population of Bodfary parish to be 452, an increase of 46 over 1871;  Cwm, 418, a decrease of 37 ; Tremeirchion, 654, a decrease of 55;  Dvserth, 906, a decrease of 102; Melilen, 1,137 a decrease of 9. The parish of Denbigh has a population of 4,421, an increase of 146.

  •  From the Flintshire Observer Mining Journal and General Advertiser…2nd January 1880

 ST. ASAPH. TREAT TO PAUPERS.-Mrs. Dod, widow of the late Mr. Whitehall Dod, of Llanerch Park, although living in London, still remembers the poor, for she has sent to Mr. and Mrs. Jones, of the Union-house, a number of books and toys for the inmates and children; and a feast of good things took place there on New Year's Day.

  •  From the Flintshire Observer Mining Journal and General Advertiser… 8th September 1892

ST. ASAPH. ANNUAL LICENSING SESSIONS.—At these sessions, on Monday, Superintendent Hughes reported that there were in the division 27 licensed houses of all classes, giving one licensed house for every 207 of the inhabitants. There had been no convictions against innkeepers. There had been 28 persons proceeded against for drunkenness, being an increase of 11 as compared with last year. The whole of the applications for renewal of licenses were granted.

  •  From The Cardiff Times 8th January 1898

 The St. Asaph Revolt. AN APOLOGY DEMANDED. The Alleged Dean Howell Letter. What the general public think of the dispute in the Diocese of St. Asaph can be better imagined than described, but one thing is clear—the end has not yet come, and there is bound to be the .washing of more dirty linen in public. The feeling prevailing in the diocese is one of distrust, and the greatest uneasiness prevails, especially with regard to the incident of the alleged letter from Dean Howell. On Saturday, in the course of an interview with a prominent Churchman, our representative was informed that there are many clerics as well as laymen who are heartily sick of the whole affair, and he added, It makes one miserable to think of what the end must be. The match has only just been put to the train, and an explosion is bound to follow sooner or later." In the meantime Nonconformists are standing by quietly, but surely, noting what is going off in the diocese of Bishop Edwards, who took so prominent a part in the Church Defence movement at the last election. The incident as to the alleged letter from Dean Howell was discussed at a meeting of the memorialists at Chester on Friday afternoon, ......(part extract of very long article).....

  • From The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the… 9th July 1864

ST. ASAPH. MISSIONS TO CENTRAl. AFRICA.—The Rev. H. Rowley, for three years a member of the Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin, and Durham Mission to Central Africa, but who has lately been obliged by ill-health to return to England, gave an interesting account of the prospects of missionary work in that country, at the National School, in this city, on Wednesday week. The Lord bishop presided. The lecture was illustrated with drawings and diagrams. A collection was made at the close of the meeting. Mr. Rowley also delivered his lecture at Ruthin on Thursday.

  •  From The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the…3rd June 1865

ST. ASAPH. The inhabitants of St. Asaph and its environs have for a very long period cherished fond feelings of attachment and good will towards the house of Bodelwyddan. The princely family residence with its delightful parks and woods is situated within view of the pretty little city, and this close proximity, together with the unbounded generosity of the present owner, Sir Hugh Williams, in promoting the welfare of the place, and his kindness as a landlord, gave abundant reason for the people to unite in joyful demonstrations on the occasion of the worthy Baronet's eldest son and heir attaining the age of manhood. ....(part extract)....

  •  From The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the…5th January 1861

ST. ASAPH. CWM, ST. ASAPH.—On Thursday last, the Rev. T. Griffith, invited the parish school children, parents, and others 54 in number, to partake of an excellent cup of tea and bun loaf in the schoolroom, which was tastefully decorated by Mr. Davies, schoolmaster. Mr. Thomas Hughes presided at the harmonium, during the repast. In conclusion Mr. Davies and the children gave three hearty cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Griffith also to Mr. Evans, our esteemed curate, and the ladies and gentlemen who contributed towards the annual entertainment.

  • From The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the… 20th November 1897

ST. ASAPH, Temperance Meeting.—At the National Schools on Friday evening a temperance meeting was held under the auspices of the Church of England Temperance Society. The chair was taken by Archdeacon LL. Wynne Jones, and an interesting and practical address was delivered by the Rev. Hamer Lewis. Songs and glees were also rendered by Missses Rowlands and Evans, Mr Edward Barlow, and the Cathedral lay clerks.

  • From The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the…15th December 1900

ST. ASAPH. Fat Stock Sale.—Messrs Frank Lloyd and Sons held their Christmas sale of fat stock in the St. Asaph Smithfield. Mr John Jones, Llandudno, judged the catle, sheep, and calves, and Mr George Pridding the pigs.... (part extract)....

  •  From The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the…8th September 1900

ST. ASAPH. Board of Guardians.—At Friday's meeting of the Guardians reference was made to a charge made at a recent meeting by a guardian to the effect that the police at Abergele had. neglected to execute warrants placed in their hands for the arrest of the husbands of deserted, wives chargeable to the poor rates. ....(part extract).....

  •  From the South Wales Echo (Special edition) 28th January 1893

THE BISHOP OF ST. ASAPH.  Severe Criticisms. The British Weekly says:- We have carefully refrained from entering into the personalities of the Welsh Church question. They are very painful, and it is difficult at this distance to comprehend all the issues. But we should think there can be only one opinion about the Bishop of St Asaph. Never, to our knowledge, has a controversialist stooped so low as this person did in his speech at Shrewsbury. With incredible baseness he endeavoured to associate the Dis- establishment movement and the dissenting clergy of Wales with the failure and shame of the Liberator Society. One must think with a certain compassion of a man to whom the miseries of his countrymen are weapons for unscrupulous controversy. But when he goes so far as to insinuate that poor Nonconformist ministers added a few shillings to their small incomes by becoming agents for a society which he presumes they knew was fraudulent, other feelings are stirred. The man lied in his throat when he said so; and if anything were needed to harden to the temper of steel the determination of Welshmen to put an end to the occasion of such controversy, surely they have it here.

  • From the South Wales Echo (Special edition) 1st February 1893

THE BISHOP OF ST ASAPH AND  HIS CRITICS, A Libel Action Threatened. The Press Association understands that  Bishop of St. Asaph has instructed Mr George Lewis to commence an action against the British Weekly, a Nonconformist journal, for libel alleged to be committed in a paragraph published in that paper on the 26th inst. The paragraph in question contains comments on the Bishop's attitude towards Welsh Disestablishment and the affairs of the Liberator Building, Society.

  • From the South Wales Echo (First edition) 22nd August 1885

ACCIDENT to THE DEAN of ST. ASAPH. Whilst driving on Friday afternoon in the neighbourhood of Trefnant, the Dean of St. Asaph and Mrs Bonnor were thrown from the carriage, owing to the horses taking fright at a passing tricycle. The dean escaped comparatively unhurt, but Mrs Bonnor was somewhat seriously injured. The coachman was kicked by both horses in addition to being thrown, and sustained severe injuries.

  • From the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South… 13th January 1893

ST. ASAPH. THE SOUP KITCHEN has been re-opened, and the boiled meat and vegetables distributed proved to be a very timely meal for many a family during this severe winter.

THE Week of Prayer was kept up at the Calvinistic Methodist Schoolroom, and taking into consideration the inclemency of the weather, all the meetings were very well attended.

  •  From the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South…18th September 1896

ST. ASAPH. SALMON FISHING—The great influx of fresh water which has filled the rivers has brought up hundreds of salmon from the sea. On Friday, Mr Clift, of St. Asaph, assisted by Vicar Silas Evans, caught a magnificent specimen below the Junction pool, midway between Rhuddlan and St. Asaph. It was a yard in length, and is estimated to weigh over 16lbs. This is a record catch.

  •  From the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South…14th March 1890

ST. ASAPH. PROPOSED DISSOLUTION OF THE HIGHWAY BOARD.—The district highway board, on Saturday, held a special meeting, presided over by Sir W. G. Williams, Bart, to consider the advisability of dissolving the board, in view of a resolution of the Flintshire County Council to take over the maintenance of the main roads in the district, It was stated that these roads are 22 miles in length, whilst the township roads are 84. A resolution was moved that the board be dissolved, and that each township should maintain its own roads. This was described as a cumbrous and old-fashioned system, and the motion was lost by a majority of three, another being carried in favour of retaining the board for one year, at the expiration of which it is expected that district councils will have been formed, but that the surveyor's salary be reduced from £90 to £80 per annum, and the clerk's from £20 to £18. The latter accepted the reduction, but the former said he wished to take time to consider the proposal.